Premiere: Monstergetdown – Blakmajik

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LA remains a hotbed of fresh, forward-thinking American talent, and mau5trap has tapped keenly into this vein. One of their newest recruits from this region, Monstergetdown, has just released a fresh new EP that embraces elements spanning from tribal, to dark and heavy.

Its eponymous opener, “Blakmajik,” brings to mind imagery of voodoo and mysticism as it traverses through interweaving rhythms made with tribal percussion, and a simple that hits the ears in satisfying places. Soon, however, he subtly layers in even more exotic elements, making for quite the intriguing listen. “Blakmajik” was certainly made for the outdoor, off-grid setting, and we’re looking forward to hearing it rinsed through festival sets throughout the season.


“Blakmajik” is available for download beginning May 4. Order a copy here

Exclusive: Freddy Be & Savi Leon – The Sands Of Time

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Freddy Be

Freddy Be and Savi Leon have set forth to take the mind on a sonic journey into the depths of mysticism by way of house music.

“The Sands Of Time” is an ear-catching record, built on sturdy bass grooves and tribal-esque drum patterns. Slowly, but surely, the LA-based collaborators heighten the intrigue with even more Eastern-inspired elements — from touches of far-out strings, to psychedelic vocals — leading into quite the climax. Eight minutes seem to fly by thanks to the record’s subtle progression. leaving the listener feeling fulfilled at the mental adventure that just unfolded.


Order “The Sands Of Time” here


Be Svendsen – Getula [EP Review]

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Be Svendsen ended his year on a sensual note via “Getula.” Through jazzy keyboard riffs, Eastern-inspired instrumentation, and carnal rhythms embedded in a mid-tempo foundation, the Danish producer proves once more that electronica doesn’t need to be pounding and high-charged to create an irresistibly move-able atmosphere. Its hypnotizing layers serve as tentacles that keep the listener hooked until the very last beat.

“Getula” also received remixing treatment from rising Italian/Canadian duo KMLN, who created a more atmosopheric feel with their added synth work and balaeric guitar samples. Yet, their version is also heavier than the original, as KMLN chose to anchor the finished product with pronounced bass-lines and slightly tougher kicks.

Given “Getula’s” mystical nature, it was only natural that the piece be signed onto Sabo’s Sol Selectas label. Both Be Svendsen and KMLN are known collaborators with the Sol Selectas brand, and their work certainly embodies the imprint’s ethos.


Purchase here


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DJ Three & Öona Dahl prepare for Minimal Effort NYE with curated Orbit playlists

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For underground fans in Los Angeles this weekend, Minimal Effort is the party to ring in the New Year. Stacked to the brim with the scene’s top talent, the holiday event will host names like Maya Jane Coles, Ardalan, Jimmy Edgar, Justin Martin, DJ Three, Öona Dahl, and more.

To get ready for the NYE affair, DJ Three and Öona Dahl have stepped up to the plate to curate their own Orbit playlists to help attendees prepare to dance the night away. While DJ Three takes listeners on an ethereal techno and underground journey, Dahl offers up an eclectic batch of her favorite tunes from all over the electronic music spectrum.

Listen to both playlists below, and for LA residents, last minute tickets for Minimal Effort are still available here.


DJ Three about his playlist:
“I drew up a cross-section of all things psychedelic from dub disco to cosmic techno. Expect twists and turns that somehow never break flow.”


Öona Dahl about her playlist:
“Here is a selection of music that I love. I wanted to incorporate sounds that currently inspire me, from dj tracks to artists I listen to on the plane. Anything from techno to dream pop.”


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December 30 marks LA’s turn to daydream, as Lee Burridge and his beloved cohorts touch down in Gin Ling way to provide fans with a blissful kickoff to the new year. Joining Burridge in this edition of All Day I Dream are Hoj and YokoO, for what’s sure to be a pleasant affair.

The event itself might be sold out, but that doesn’t mean followers have to miss out on the joy that will be taking place. Hoj has prepared an ethereal selection of pre-New Year’s cuts that will ease listeners’ transitions into 2018 in the breeziest of fashions. It represents his sonic identity from 2017, and also that of both All Day I Dream and his new label Tale + Tone.


1. Cornucopia – Letter for Poly (Tale and Tone)

2. Daso & Lutz – De Libbe featuring Arooj Aftab (Tale and Tone)

3. Doctor Dru – Savannah (JEUDI Records)

4. Jose Vizcaino – Sure I Can (Seven Villas)

5. Lex & Wood – DNCE (Great Stuff Recordings)

6. Newman – A Walk In The Plains (Tale and Tone)

7. Quiver – Mumbo Jumbo (Bedrock)

8. Thomas Gandey and Alex Kaspersky – To Find Reason (Einmusika Recordings)

9. Volen Sentir – Vdol Po Rechenke (Shanti Radio)

10. Zone+ – Baia (All Day I Dream)


Photo Credit: Christopher Soltis
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